Will Tyler Lockwood Die in the Vampire Diaries Season 5 Finale?
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Will Tyler Lockwood Die in the Vampire Diaries Season 5 Finale?

Raise your hand if you’re worried about Tyler (Michael Trevino). The Vampire Diaries werewolf has been banished from his body by Julian, a Traveler who has since betrayed his own people and who is now responsible for the murder of Stefan. Basically, it’s not looking good for the studly wolf. Will Tyler die in the Season 5 finale?

Here’s the thing: several characters are set to die in Season 5, Episode 22 (“Home”). Given that Tyler is on the minor end of the major character spectrum, currently has no hope of getting his body back from Passenger Julian, and may or may not be stuck on the collapsing Other Side, we’re thinking he could be one of them. And that’s without taking this ominous synopsis for the season-ender into account.

The synopsis teases: “Sheriff Forbes is horrified when Markos uses violence against Tyler/Julian to prove that Mystic Falls is now under the control of the Travelers.” Um, is this it? Does Markos kill Tyler/Julian both to punish Julian for betraying the cave location of the Travelers’ bodies and to make a point to Sheriff Forbes? Because what a terrible way to go! But, yeah, sounds very possible to us.

Of course, the larger question is: If Tyler does die, will he have the chance to come back? We highly doubt TVD will keep Stefan dead, which is good news for Tyler because — if Stefan can come back — then why can’t Tyler? This was more-or-less Caroline’s plan when she asked Bonnie to add Tyler to the ever-growing list of People to Bring Back From the Other Side last episode. Of course, Bonnie doesn’t actually have a way to do that, but we’re not counting the former witch out yet. Especially given that Damon is “pushing Bonnie harder than ever to find a way to stop the disintegration of the Other Side” in the season finale. (As if Bonnie’s own existence wasn’t motivation enough.)

Or might Tyler die for keeps — a concept previously unheard of on this show, but becoming more and more possible with the chaos that is currently the Other Side. We have to admit: If TVD is going to kill off a character forever, then Tyler is a very likely choice. The show seems to have been somewhat confused about what to do with him in Season 5. He briefly crossed over to The Originals, only to get soundly defeated by Klaus. Since returning to Mystic Falls, he has mostly hung out with Matt and Jeremy without having much plot purpose of his own. Has TVD been saving Tyler for a shocking season finale death?

Do you think Tyler will die in the Season 5 finale? Share your theories in the comments below!

Catch the Season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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